Broman-bred colts lead the way for New York-breds at Keeneland September opener

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

A pair of colts bred by Chester and Mary Broman and consigned by Sequel New York topped the select group of New York-bred yearlings offered on the first day of trading at Keeneland’s 13-session September yearling sale Monday, bringing $500,000 and $300,000 respectively. In all, four of the six New York-breds offered found new homes in the session.

By contrast with 2017, when Keeneland Sales offered one extra-select Book 1 session, this year Keeneland’s Book 1 will consist of four sessions with a total of 989 yearlings catalogued.

The top New York-bred was Hip 87, a half-brother to Chester and Mary Broman’s’ Bar of Gold, who won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. His sire is Triple Crown hero American Pharoah, whose first foals, now yearlings, have been setting off fireworks at yearling sales throughout the summer. Foaled on April 28, 2017, the chestnut colt was hammered down to Cromwell Bloodstock for $500,000.

The colt’s dam is Khancord Kid, a Broman homebred by Lemon Drop Kid who captured the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes on turf at Gulfstream Park turf in 2010. Chester Broman purchased Khancord Kid’s dam Confidently, an unraced daughter of Storm Cat, at Keeneland’s 2000 January sale of horses of all ages for $1 million. Confidently’s dam is Grade 1 winner Key Phrase and she is a half-sister to sire Yankee Gentleman.

Bar of Gold by Medaglia d’Oro was Khancord Kid’s first foal. She retired last year after donning the Breeders’ Cup blanket of yellow and purple flowers with a career record of seven wins, six seconds and four thirds in 25 starts along with $1,551,000 in earnings. Khancord Kid is also the dam of Land Mine (Mineshaft), runner-up in this year’s Saratoga Dew Stakes at the Spa. Khancord Kid foaled a full-sister to Bar of Gold on April 22 and has been bred back to the same sire.

The Bromans second stand-out yearling was Hip 207, a bay colt by Pioneerof the Nile out of Misty Rosette who was purchased by J. J. Crupi’s New Castle for $300,000.

Chester Broman acquired Misty Rosette, a Kentucky-bred Grade 3 winner by Stormin Fever, at the 2013 Keeneland January sale for $170,000. A successful producer, the mare has produced five winners from six starters and this year has a weanling Empire Maker colt on the ground.

American Pharoah forms a strong backdrop to this colt’s pedigree. He not only shares a sire with the Triple Crown winner, but Misty Rosette is a half-sister to none other than American Pharoah’s dam Littleprincessemma.

Prominent owners Jim and Susan Hill went to $255,000 to acquire Hip 145, a colt from the first crop of Lea bred by Tom Ryan’s SF Bloodstock, LLC and consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, Agent. Nelson Eddy Bloodstock bought the colt as a weanling for $155,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale.

A dark bay/brown individual foaled on February 5, 2017, the Lea colt is the first foal out of Madame Pele, a bay daughter of Salt Lake bred in Washington State and purchased by SF Bloodstock for $95,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale. She was resold at last year’s renewal of the same sale for $170,000.

A winner of three stakes races, Madame Pele is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Stryker Phd. Under the third dam the family also boasts Grade 1 winner Bachelor Beau.

Wrapping up the quartet of Monday’s New York-bred yearlings was Hip 27, a colt bred by WinStar Farm, LLC  and sired by WinStar stallion Carpe Diem, whose first foals are also yearlings of 2018. Ted Sprinkle signed the ticket for $170,000. The chestnut colt sold as a weanling for $200,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale.

Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, the Carpe Diem colt was foaled on April 27, 2017 and is out of Kentucky-bred winner Hot Spa, by Latent Heat, who has already produced one winner. Hot Spa is a half-sister to multiple group winner Mendip (Harlan’s Holiday) and stakes winner Dig Deep (Harlan’s Holiday). The colt’s third dam is multiple Grade 1 winner Chaposa Springs and his fourth dam is La Chaposa, a champion sprinter in Peru. Acquired by WinStar for $160,000 at the 2013 Keeneland November sale, Hot Spa has been resold.

Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston was bullish on the opening day of the marathon September sale. “It was a strong session with competitive bidding at the top. It is hard to do comparisons to last year because of the format change this year… If you try to do some comparisons, look at the numbers after four days. Every one of those indicators was dynamite. We are very encouraged that the sale started off like we wanted it to.”

The September Sale continues through Sunday, Sept. 23, with the second of four Book 1 sessions starting Tuesday at 1 p.m. The Wednesday and Thursday sessions also will begin at 1 p.m.

New York-bred hips (listed by dam), with links to catalogue pages may be found here.

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